Laker Power by John McPhee III (from unsolicited CD, 2002, self-published)
Do you have any idea how hard it was for me to actually air this on the show? I first took notice of the Celtics when, at the tender age of 6, I watched them dispatch the Lakers in the 1969 Finals. I, um, don’t like the Lakers, but I am willing to do what I can to help Lakers-loving Only A Game fans enjoy the program.
Do you think this is a descendent of the great Pulitzer Prize-winning writer? And isn’t Coming Into the Country a fantastic book?
Jaguar by The Who (from Thirst Years of Maximum R&B, MCA, 1994)
Previously unreleased! Woohooo!
Shu Ba Du Ba Loo Ba by Serge Gainsbourg (from Comic Strip, Mercury, 1996)
I can imagine Serge Gainsbourg and Bud Collins hanging in a Paris bistrot, talking tennis and Brigitte Bardot. Can’t you?
This Time (England 1982 World Cup Theme)
Yeah, right. That time, those times, this time. Whatever.
The Umpire is a Most Unhappy Man by D’Anna Fortunato and the Triskelion All-Stars (from Hurrah for Our National Game, Newport Classic, 1994)
I would say that, considering the events of the last week, the pitcher on the verge of a perfect game is a most unhappy man, except that Armando Galarraga has demonstrated that even being robbed of his place in baseball history has not made him unhappy. Good on him, say I.
The Free Life by James Clarke (from Music for TV Dinners: the ‘60’s, Scamp, 1997)
This is the soundtrack that goes through my brain all of the time.
Cups and Cakes by Spinal Tap (from Spinal Tap, Polydor, 2000)
“I’m so full, my tummy aches!” I prefer the flower-pop Tap to the heavy metal version, don’t you? There just aren’t enough electric sitar solos.
This program aired on June 4, 2010. The audio for this program is not available.